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Help for low Humidity

One of the most popular posts I have published is How to build an Inexpensive Humidified Guitar Cabinet. It was written while I was living near Boston. Our old farmhouse was cold and dry in the winter. Multiple console humidifiers couldn’t keep up. I repurposed an Armoire as a guitar cabinet which made it much easier to maintain the humidity of my instruments.

I now live in North Carolina, which gets neither as cold nor dry as Massachusetts. Additionally, when we upgraded our furnace, we added a whole-house, warm mist humidifier. It works great until it doesn’t. It turns out that strong winds, low temperatures, and the resulting lack of humidity is too much for our home system to handle.

The good news is humidity conditions never last long this far south. A few days and the temperature is back to the fifties or sixties, which the furnace humidifier handles easily.

This brings me to the solution when the whole house humidifier needs some help. I purchased a new modern humidifier, controllable through an app or Alexa. It has a built-in digital humidistat to control the humidity level. It can produce both a cool mist and a warm mist, or the two types of vaporization can be mixed.

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This, combined with the whole house humidifier, keeps my den where I have my guitars at 40% RH, even in the coldest, driest North Carolina weather. An additional older-style room humidifier is just enough to keep the rest of the house above 30% RH, was is a bit low but not terrible.

Humidifier in room with guitars

This product is brilliant. It might even be all you need up north if you keep your guitars in a small-sized room.

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